Palau President Tommy Remengesau, Jr. exchanged token with new Japanese Ambassador to Palau Akira Karasawa in a welcoming ceremony held at Ming’s Hall, Palasia Hotel on August 2. (Rhealyn C. Pojas)

Japan’s new ambassador to Palau Akira Karasawa said that the development of agriculture and aquaculture will help stimulate Palau’s economy and he would use his experiences and knowledge on these areas to support the island nation’s ‘industrial potential.’

Karasawa, during the welcoming ceremony for his ambassadorship on August 2 at Ming’s Hall, Palasia Hotel, said that although he recognized that tourism is Palau’s biggest industry, he also understands that the country wants to develop other industries such as in Agriculture and Aquaculture.

Although Karasawa is adept in the fields of agriculture and fisheries given his almost 35 years of experience working under Japan’s Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry, and Fisheries (MAFF), he said that he will also ‘work hard’ in other areas of cooperation in sports, economy, culture, and education, among others.

“The development of agriculture and aquaculture will stimulate economy in Palau and as well as tourism. I hope I can take advantage of my own experiences and knowledge to help industrial potential in Palau,” Karasawa said in his speech.

Presidential Chief of Staff Secilil Eldebechel also said that Palau stands ready to ‘support and stand behind’ Japan’s leadership in peace, security, and stability in the Pacific and the world.

Karasawa is the fourth resident Japanese Ambassador to Palau. (Rhealyn C. Pojas)